The Pumpkins Are Coming!
It’s that time again this year—time for our Youth Group’s Pumpkin Patch fundraiser! The pumpkins are expected to arrive from New Mexico sometime on Saturday, October 10th, and our young people are counting on you to help unload the pumpkins and set up the lot. ETA is 8:00 AM, but if past years are any judge, there may be some delay in the truck’s arrival. Please contact Carole Bradley at 655-6939 for updated information as we get nearer to Saturday. And God bless everyone who can help out!
A Joint Service on Laity Sunday
There will be a joint service with the Hispanic congregation as we celebrate Laity Sunday on Sunday, October 18th. As part of this service we will observe the Holy Sacrament of Baptism, and we will welcome new members into our church family. If you are interested in being Baptized or joining our church contact Pastor Merritt at 677-5995.
After the service, we will enjoy a potluck luncheon together in Crichton Hall. Please make every effort to attend Laity Sunday, and bring a dish to share in fellowship after the service.
Imagine No Malaria Campaign Continues
The Imagine No Malaria campaign continues, and we appreciate the INM coin boxes that continue to come in. We are now over $800 towards our goal by year’s end of raising $1000 for this great cause supported by the Florida Conference, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the United Nations.
School Supplies for Riverview Elementary
We also continue to supply our neighborhood elementary school with school supplies, which the teachers and students of the school would otherwise have to do without. Collection tubs are located at the sanctuary entrances and by the church office. We have had a wonderful response by the congregation so far, and we look forward to your continued support.
Church Conference Update
Our 2015 Church Conference will be held on Tuesday, November 3rd at 6:30 PM in the Sanctuary. The Reverend Lloyd McClelland will be our presiding elder this year. This meeting of the entire church is your chance to review how the church has done in 2015 and to plan activities for 2016 and beyond.
A number of important meetings will take place prior to this Annual Church Conference. The Finance Committee will be meeting on Tuesday, October 13th in the library at 6:30 PM to set the 2016 budget for the church. Everyone interested in the budget process should attend.
The Nominations Committee is working to fill the many vacancies that have arisen for the coming year. If contacted by Pastor Merritt or our lay leader, Margo Holiday, to serve on a church committee, please prayerfully consider how you can best serve the congregation.
Once a 2016 budget has been proposed and all committee nominations have been filled, there will be a special called meeting of the church after a service in late October to approve our new slate of officers and the budget for the coming year.